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Robert Rapier

Contributor since: 29 Sep 2011

Robert Rapier

Latest articles from Robert

  • A Look Inside The World’s Hottest Shale Play

    Published 22 January 2018 | viewed 5,354 times

    Boomtown Last week, my day job took me to the Permian Basin. A colleague and I arrived late at night at our hotel in Fort Stockton, Texas. The…

  • 5 Energy Sector Predictions For 2018

    Published 11 January 2018 | viewed 9,331 times

    The energy recovery is well underway. President Trump continues to roll back regulations aimed at boosting oil production and saving the coal industry. How might…

  • Grading 2017 Oil Price Predictions

    Published 09 January 2018 | viewed 6,878 times

    The results of my 2017 energy predictions were a mixed bag this year. I correctly forecast that Donald Trump would take action on some stalled…

  • Energy Sector Could Benefit Most From Trump’s Tax Plan

    Published 06 January 2018 | viewed 5,820 times

    The tax bill recently signed by President Trump should be a boon to corporate America. The bill will drop the corporate tax rate from the…

  • The 10 Energy Stories That Defined 2017

    Published 02 January 2018 | viewed 3,200 times

    As 2017 comes to a close, it’s time to review the top energy stories of the year. There are several stories that could compete for…

  • Is Premium Gasoline A Waste Of Money?

    Published 19 December 2017 | viewed 12,893 times

    If you are like many Americans, you may occasionally treat your car to premium gasoline. You might not be certain whether it helps, but it can’t…

  • Oil Price Boom Keeps Lid On Natural Gas Prices

    Published 07 December 2017 | viewed 17,754 times

    In the previous post – Fear Will Drive Oil Prices In 2018 – I discussed the outlook for oil prices next year. In a nutshell, the price of…

  • Fear Will Drive Oil Prices Higher In 2018

    Published 05 December 2017 | viewed 17,891 times

    The price of oil has always been driven by cycles of fear and complacency. During the cycle of fear, geopolitical events can send the price…

  • Is U.S. Energy Independence Realistic?

    Published 21 November 2017 | viewed 8,119 times

    The International Energy Agency projects that the U.S. is set to become the world’s leading oil and natural gas production superpower. Is that realistic? Last…

  • Tesla Investors Are Losing Patience

    Published 19 November 2017 | viewed 9,962 times

    I have covered advanced biofuel companies for more than a decade, and just about all of them made implausible claims about their technologies. They consistently…

  • Are Autonomous Cars Ready To Ditch The Backup Driver?

    Published 18 November 2017 | viewed 4,262 times

    Two years ago on my daily commute to work in Chandler, Arizona, I noticed something new sharing the roads with me: a fleet of white…

  • Does The U.S. Lead The World In Carbon Emissions Reduction?

    Published 08 November 2017 | viewed 4,203 times

    In a recent interview with Fox News, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt claimed: “We are leading the nation — excuse me — the world…

  • How The Shale Boom Is Boosting U.S. Exports

    Published 31 October 2017 | viewed 6,826 times

    Most people are at least somewhat aware that the U.S. shale oil boom has resulted in lower fuel prices at the pump. But they are…

  • New Mandate Pushes Trucking Industry Fuel Efficiency

    Published 28 October 2017 | viewed 30,287 times

    How the ELD Mandate Will Improve Fuel Efficiency In August, R-Squared Energy reported that the U.S. set a new gasoline demand record. We stated that a…

  • OPEC Seeks Help From U.S. Shale

    Published 21 October 2017 | viewed 8,918 times

    Last week some comments from OPEC Secretary General Mohammed Barkindo signaled that OPEC may not understand how the U.S. oil industry functions. Reuters reports that Barkindo urged cooperation from U.S.…

  • Who Are The Biggest Buyers Of U.S. Oil?

    Published 15 October 2017 | viewed 12,535 times

    This year the U.S. has averaged more than 900,000 barrels per day (BPD) of crude oil exports while continuing to import an average of 8.1 million…

  • Why U.S. Crude Exports Are Booming

    Published 14 October 2017 | viewed 13,083 times

    In the years leading up to the shale oil boom, crude oil exports from the U.S. were nearly nonexistent. There were two reasons for that.…

  • Has The Bear Market In Oil Finally Ended?

    Published 09 October 2017 | viewed 15,083 times

    Following the 17-month bear market that ended in March 2009, one of the longest-running bull markets in U.S. history began. The current bull market is…

  • China’s Oil Demand Is Far Ahead Of Last Year’s Pace

    Published 04 October 2017 | viewed 8,825 times

    OPEC recently released its Monthly Oil Market Report which covers the global oil supply and demand picture through July. OPEC crude oil production decreased by 79,000 BPD…

  • What Is Behind Surging Gas Prices?

    Published 09 September 2017 | viewed 8,807 times

    As gas stations raise prices in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, there have been numerous accusations of price gouging. Especially on social media, some are…

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